Last Monday we had the honor of attending the 2014 Blackboard Awards. The awards honor educators (teachers and guidance counselors - preschool through high school), celebrating excellence in education. We went to cheer on Lisa Schalk. Lisa was Sam and Ari’s preschool teacher 6 years ago and is Dov’s teacher this year.
|Sam, Ari, Lisa and Suzanne|
There are so many teachers to honor – but a finite amount of awards (that’s why there is always next year…).
Like these 2 other amazing ladies…
Suzanne is the one with blond hair in the picture with Lisa, Sam and Ari. She is sarcastic, hilarious and warm. She uses her humor and straightforward personality to reach each child and let them know she will protect them. Sara is the one with the brown hair in this picture with Dov.
|Sarah and Dov|
What I realized the night of the Blackboard Awards is that our family has been so fortunate to have had the most incredible teachers for all three of our children. So although I find the idea of awards a bit tricky -- who to honor when so many are deserving…I am very thankful to the Blackboard Awards for honoring educators.
It may sound cliché to say, that outside of family, there is no more important role in the lives of our children. These adults, who start out as strangers, spend anywhere from 3 – 8 hours a day with our kids. They teach them shapes, colors, taking turns, that you need to sit when eating, throw out your own garbage and how to treat your friends…and later on math, social studies, phys ed, science and art. They teach our kids right from wrong, ethics and compassion. They teach rules to live by, hold our kids accountable, inspire them to ask questions and encourage them to have answers (right or wrong). Great teachers get to know each child so that they can meet them where they are day to day. I have learned so much from Sam, Ari and Dov's teachers over the years. But what I have really learned is how special the people are that wake up every morning with the distinct goal of lighting up a child’s brain.
Rock stars have their Hall of Fame, actors have their Oscars…and teachers have their Blackboard Awards!
Congratulations to Lisa Schalk and the other 2014 Blackboard Award honorees.
We can't wait for next year when we are cheering on the other amazing teachers in our kids’ lives.If you want to nominate your school or your principal for the next round of awards click here
If you want to nominate your school or your principal for the next round of awards click here: Blackboardawards.com.